The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini
When an author comes to speak to his class in a rundown area of Providence, Houdini decides to make money by writing his own novel.
Rule #8 for Writing a Kidís Novel: Try to include a few lists in your novel. Kids like lists.
Houdini is way more interesting than the kid the author wrote about.
Rule #6: You have to like your characters or the reader wonít care about them. (How can I not like myself?)
Houdini chronicles his life as he and his friends start a leaf-raking business, befriend Old Man Jackson, a Vietnam War veteran with a seriously intimidating dog, and get even with the neighborhood bully, Angel. But itís hard to find a way to write about his dad losing his job or his brother, Franklin, who is first reported missing in action in Iraq and then still seems to be missing when he comes home.
No matter what, Houdini and his friends rely on one another to figure out how to do the right thing. And Houdini discovers that writing and thinking about his friends and family lets him get to know them in completely new ways.
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Review: The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA HoudiniUser Review - Barb Middleton - Goodreads
Yellow post-it notes litter my desk like a checkered flag. Once in a while one gets stuck to my elbow or purse bottom. I'm optimistic at first that this organization technique will galvanize me into ... Read full review
Review: The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA HoudiniUser Review - S. Willett - Goodreads
John Smith Jr. aka Houdini is thirteen and lives on the East Side of Providence. He's obsessed and has read every book about the real Houdini. John helps his friends Lucky and Jorge rake leaves in ... Read full review